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Predicament 2010

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A crime comedy set in 1930s small town New Zealand about a naive teen who conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail wealthy, adulterous couples. Stars Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement as the creepy Spook, The Lovely Bones' Rose McIver as the lusted-after Maybelle, portly Australian comedian Heath Franklin, Wellington theatre actor Hayden Frost and musician Tim Finn. More

Shot in the ‘Naki, this is the only remaining unfilmed novel by late Hawera author Ronald Hugh Morrieson (Came a Hot Friday). Director Jason Stutter has had a long collaboration with Clement, from his debut feature Tongan Ninja through to 2009's Diagnosis: Death. Hide

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Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer

Predicament trudges along with a lingering sense of apathy, as if the filmmakers ran out of energy halfway through production. It’s all about some misfits in a bother marginally more exciting than being overcharged for a Tui at the Hawera RSA. More

Thankfully, every effort is made to spruce up the presentation – there is something creepily gothic and wonderful about the creaky old buildings, the film is attractively lit and the flamboyant camera moves look like each took an afternoon to rehearse.

Perhaps needing a few more afternoons to rehearse is Aussie import Heath Franklin, who brings no charm, charisma or discernible personality to his line readings. Hayden Frost – the timid Laurel to Franklin’s Hardy – receives the unenviable task of over-enunciating words and blinking a lot. Thank goodness for Jemaine Clement, a glorious relief, like God chucking a gigantic bath sponge into the Gulf of Mexico.

The film’s conclusion is announced not with a cathartic release of tension or dramatic pay-off but by end credits scrolling up the screen. If you’re still awake, you might like to pay your respects to the hard-working crew. They’ve at least made this dull caper look good. Hide

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NZ rocks Nobody (?)

Good ol NZ!

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Excellent !!

Jay Nobody (?)

Yeah, this movie was beautifully put together, well acted, funny, gripping and certainly does NZ and Morrieson proud. Well done, Jason. It was way more enjoyable and slick and well-crafted than either of the other two nz movies I saw during film festival and please take it to the world because I think it will be appreciated out of New Zealand as well.

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Harry Potter and the over excited camera work

JT Nobody (?)

Jemaine Clement was really the only enjoyable thing here and if you like him you might find something to like in this film.
Predicament comes off as a strange mish mash of Harry Potter-esque art direction and music with a story that tonally was aiming for comedy and missed all the dark heart of the story. What up with the endless swooping camera too?

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Cedric was brilliant

Jenny Charleston Nobody (?)

My husband and I saw Predicament in Christchurch last week. We loved the film. I really warmed towards Hayden Frost who played Cedric. He was so brilliant as was the rest of the cast. What a fantastic film from our country.

I will take my son's to see this film, I'm certain they'll also love it.

Jemaine Clement as Spook was another highlight. Go see it!

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Fun!

MEA Nobody (?)

A great old fashioned, tongue in cheek, dark comedic ride.. Stand out performances from lead and support cast just add to the roller coaster! Encouraging to again see a Kiwi film designed and shot with the big screen in mind!

Thank you!

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What a movie!!

Michelle Tucker Nobody (?)

This movie is a great reflection of a brillant NZ novel. It took an amazing cast and crew to deliver such a interesting and unique film. Well done, recommend to all!

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Great flick

Dan Nobody (?)

Caught this movie a few weeks ago, really good stuff! Great to see kiwi's setting the mark for the film industry. Awesome cast and crew, truck loads of talent in this one. A must see!

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Brilliant

G Nobody (?)

I just loved the book "Predicament"! Six years ago I read the story and it held me totally captive, just could not put it down. So when I heard that the movie was been made, I got quite excited.
Thursday 5th August, Palmerston North part of the New Zealand Film Festival, had the opening night with the movie "Predicament". They had it showing in two of the Downtowns cinemas on that night, how is that for the filmmakers? I bet they are happy about that one.
The movie "Predicament" was a magnificent experience, better than the book and the sound was superb, also the camerawork is a cool spectacle as it helps the fantastic actors to pull you right into the story, it is great to see on the big screen.
The roller coaster of laughter and shock in the movie had me entertained from the start to the end, it's one of those films that when it ends you still want more and just maybe we did get it with Tim Finn singing the song of "Predicament" when the credits are showing .
Very well done movie a must see!
AAA+ movie
Did I say I loved this movie??

"G"
The movie nut since 1958

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strange choice

simon Nobody (?)

I didn't get it this. Stutter is a young guy, why choose this story as your first feature? Surely he could have come up with something more current. Odd choice.

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Great fun!

M Nobody (?)

A terrific period caper movie. Not your typical 'koiwoi' NZ fare in the best possible way, this one's steeped in atmosphere and deadpan humour – and a whole lot of fun! I know it's standard to be snarky about NZ films for some reason, but this is an entertaining little gem that shouldn't be missed.

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Great Kiwi Movie

L. A. S. Nobody (?)

I took the family to see this in the festival, we all came away loving it. Good, fun, kiwi flick. Lots of laughs and an entertaining story that we all enjoyed. Beautifully shot and costuming was brilliant. We particularly liked Jemaine Clement & Heath Franklin, and Hadyen Frost was great too. Its great to see New Zealand films being made to this standard. Loved the Tim Finn song at the end.

I'll be seeing this movie again.

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Choice one! Go NZ!!!

Tina Nobody (?)

Every1 luved the movie when we saw it in Hawera, huge laughs thruout. Def go see it, Jermaine Clement is so funny. Good to see NZ films getting better and better. 5 out of 5!

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Predicament

Shirley Nobody (?)

As one of the cousins of the author I would like to congratulate Jason Stutter and the cast for their movie of Predicament - kept the story line amazingly close to the book, and the film was a joy to watch. Ron would have been very proud of this effort.

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LIZ Nobody (?)

Predicament was a fun night out, excellent cast, good kiwi blast from the past.

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Predicament is just full of style!

H2o Nobody (?)

Predicament is a great multi level film (comedy, mystery, thriller, adventure) with a fantastic cast and a well thought out plot. Many people have made comment on the main "stars" of the film, but all the less known actors were outstanding too. Explaining this film in a few words is so hard to do because it's style is not like anything you would have seen before, you just need to see it for yourself. If you are looking for a movie which is fun from start to finish, go see predicament.

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Great movie!!!

FG Nobody (?)

I really enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to seeing it again!!

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Dark comedy...loved it!!!

Dan Nobody (?)

If you like your comedy on the "darker" side you will love this movie!...can't wait to see it again!

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Brilliant and Funny

VSR Nobody (?)

This is a brilliant movie. Jermaine Clement and Heath Franklin are hysterical - everytime Jermaine was on screen I was laughing. The movie rocks along, I laughed out loud the whole way through and Tim Finn is in it! - what more could you want? I'd highly recommend this one to all.

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Great Looking Rocking NZ Movie

CC Nobody (?)

This is so different, a fantastic NZ film - go see it - a laugh from start to finish, with a twist of a plot to keep you guessing. Superb art direction, beautifully shot.

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an amazing job!

Lawrence Nobody (?)

It was just awesome! I have to say I really loved the look of the movie and will have to see it again. My congratulations to the big cast and all the film team. I’m no film critic but I think you all did an amazing job!

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Cool FLick, Gemaine rules!

Kara Nobody (?)

First of all when i was watching this film i was blown away by some of the shots and cinematography. The CGI was never overbearing and was artfully done (on a small budget too apparently, like $4 or something)
I'm so bored of people who expect movies to be a strict reconstruction of the book. A good book doesn't necessarily become a good movie if you just put it up word for word. If you like the book THEN like the book, but why would you want the film to be exactly the same? Catch 22 was a great film and a great book, but they were both different, same with Fight Club. I saw the film and then read the book and enjoyed both of them for different reasons.
Gemaine is hilarious in it too. 2nd good kiwi flick to come out this year!

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Check here for the honest opinion...

Rosey Nobody (?)

Something is fishy about these reviews - either some supporter is faking it, or this country's gone mad. I love Kiwi films - but this is a shocker, very poor performances (though Clement is a giggle), not funny, not suspenseful. It is shot lavishly, but it's showy and doesn't mean anything. Don't see.

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Why nastiness from some "reviewers" here?

Alice Nobody (?)

I came here to write a review and was shocked to discover some people who just seem to want to attack these film makers? Why automatically assume positive reviews are fake? I suspect jealous film makers because I honestly can't see any other reason for it.

I saw the film in Hamilton during the festival and thought it was very nicely made and entertaining. I'm going to watch it again this weekend with my extended family.

Well done to the cast and crew. I can't imagine how hurt you must be by some people out there, but rest assured, you have made a wonderful film that I am certain will find a receptive audience.

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Poor

Rob Nobody (?)

Just bad. Bad bad bad. Why after Boy have they decided to RELEASE something like this. The fantastic reputation built by Boy (and World's Fastest Indian, Sione's Wedding, Whale Rider...) will be destroyed by yet another strange and weak New Zealand film getting screen time. Frost, the young guy as the lead, is being foreced (it seems) to portray the character with extremely strange and forced mannerisms (or he can't act). Clement's character has a nasally high pitched voice, but who knows why? And Franklin one dimensional, even more so than his frankly awful Chopper standup character (the lowlight of the recent Comedy Festival). Badly paced (either the director, or editors fault), oddly scripted (sorry screenwriters and editors again) and beautiful for beautiful's sake (congratualtions set builders, costumers and cinematographer, and the NZ public who throguh various sources fronted the millions it took to make!) For all those who are claiming this to be a well made film - it simply is not. And for all of those giving this 5 stars, I want the drugs you are on or were on when you saw this! 5 stars is for exceptional films which this is not. My one star is a desperate attempt to make "THE PEOPLE'S REVIEWS" make sense!

And for those "who saw it in the festival", like me, there were also plenty who saw half of it in the festival, because they WALKED OUT!

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Saw this in festival and UURGH

James Nobody (?)

U U R G H.

Not worth your time, money or effort to go along. If someone is prepared to buy your ticket and popcorn, drive you to the cinema and carry you to your seat, and you have literally NOTHING else to do, then by all means see this film. (but don't blame me!)

Or you could stand in the rain for 2 hours!

Or tidy your pantry with your eyes closed!

Or wander your local suburbs ranking your neighbours letterboxes!

Come on flicks, publish your own review and give the site some credibility. 4 and a half stars!!! What a joke! The film doesn't deserve a pass mark!

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I liked it.

Anita-Jones Nobody (?)

Some good laughs, a bit slow at times, but definitely worth seeing. Loved Spook!

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Love NZ Made! love the 'black' comedy

Abigail Nobody (?)

Its hard to make films outside of hollywood, so now they call them festival pieces. A black comedy usually involves murder, seemingly understandable circumstance and the demise (getting caught) with jokes along the way. This movie ticks all those boxes. Beautiful scene selection and costumes that BiG budget couldnt pay for!! They try and it seems fake. Go see it support local industry and outside of the box,it proves we can do it and take risks. Germaine was awesome...stop taking yourself so seriously reviewers!! *thanks for prescreener tix i would pay to go see this.

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Great performances.

Iain-Richardson Nobody (?)

Visually Amazing. Great comedic performances, but overall effectivness lost in surrealty of the film. One not to be taken seriously or else risk ruining it.

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Predicament - see it for yourself

Hannah Nobody (?)

Wow can't believe this page I think its a very good 3 star film the 1 star people are just trying to counter what apperas to be film makers friends and whanau....anyway why bother reviewing on this if you aint honestly helping your fellow movie goers with honest opinion, I saw this at the film festival and there was a huge round of applause and deservedly so, its a great film plenty to keep you entertained, Jemaine Clemant is funny! Tim Finn's cameo is amusing and the rest of the cast are adequate. Come on NZ less of the tall poppy stuff, get out and see this film, it might not be Boy but its entertaining enough!

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1 1/2 hours very pleasantly passed

Anna-Cameron Wannabe (?)

I was as captivated by this movie as I was 'Came a Hot Friday'. Both were wonderful examples of the strange, macabre, self-effacing but wonderfully eccentric Kiwi of old.
Well done all

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Brilliant!

VB Nobody (?)

I saw this film in the film festival recently and I thought it was brilliant. I laughed from start to finish and Jemaine's character is fantastic. I'll definitely see it again this weekend now its out in cinemas!

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Visually stunning!!!

Aaron S Nobody (?)

Enjoyed every single mins. Great work!!! Classic Kiwi stuff...

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pretty good

Aaron-Jarden Nobody (?)

I liked it, it was differnt, and quirky. A solid watch... Also, funny in places...

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GO THE 'NAKI

Jude-Porter Nobody (?)

There were some funny bits in it and the music was excellent. Jermaine played his part beautifully as usual.
Thanks for the opportunity.

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Great NZ film.

smiles21 Nobody (?)

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! It was very quirky and cool. The casting was fantastic and Hayden Frost was excellent as Cedric. Definitely recommend this movie to all to see :)

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Sarah Nobody (?)

Good work NZ! This was a good watch, entertaining in parts, a bit slow in others, at times a tad strange, Spook (Jemaine) was definitely a highlight! Definitely worth checking out.

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VERY ENTERTAINING

amanda potter Nobody (?)

Lots of laughs genuinly entertaining.

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A Legacy Done Proud

Ezo Nobody (?)

What a wonderful movie. Morrieson would have been proud of it! I just hope Hawera are this time... Thoroughly enjoyable and so essentially kiwi. Clement absolutely steals the show.
The only gripe I have is that a couple of lines of dialogue were repeated to the point of annoyance, but I suppose it only fuelled the frustration fire towards the character who was speaking it.
And to those comparing this to movies like Boy and Whale Rider; C'mon, they're COMPLETELY different! The NZ film industry is so well established now. That's like comparing 'Joey' to 'The Wire' - just because it's the same medium doesn't make it the same product.

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glad it was a free ticket

amc32 Flicks Superstar (?)

i was lucky enough to win a free pass to wed night pre-release screening of this.
movie was slow, very little wit in the dialogue compared with the novel it is based on. no explanation of who the witness in the bushes was [a developed character in the novel]. poor old tim finn played the slightlty addled father as a gurning idiot.
i actually nodded off for a few moments.
great pity, as morrieson writes so fluently, that the only 1/2 decent film adaptation of his work was 'the scarecrow' back in the early '80s.

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Meah :-|

DnA Flicks Superstar (?)

2 stars because I support NZ films. I liked the sets, props and film work. We've walked those streets and been in those shops. Loved the mystic lady, Clements was good and well conceived. Franklin and Finn were out of their element. Personally I think a good film needs good actors. I watch a lot of movies and this is not on my recommend to a friend list. The movie fell flat. Maybe the Americans will enjoy it.

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Quirky and Original

Qwerty* Nobody (?)

It isn't going to challenge your view of the world, but if you want an original, quirky movie that will entertain, go see it. Cool.

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Solid NZ Movie

J Nobody (?)

The film had a great look - cinematography was beaut. Quirky and funny, got a little slow though after the first half hour. Jemaine had a great part. I did think the Kiwi-ness of the film was let down a bit by the strong aussie accent of 'Mervyn', but that is just being picky. Overall a good NZ film.

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Awesome

Sarah Nobody (?)

I LOVED the movie had some good laughs. even made me jump a few times. Loved all the characters although merv with his old son line got very old very fast.

would recomend this movie to family and friends.
This would go up with some of my fave kiwi movies like Eagle vs Shark and Separation City

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Great fun!

Harry Nobody (?)

I enjoyed this film from start to finish. Thanks Flicks I wouldn't have made the effort otherwise. I can understand why some people didn't like it but I loved it and would recommend it to others.

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Great stuff & I loved Jemaine's hard-case simpering voice!

BritComedyFan B-Grader (?)

This was an awesome movie. It wasn't as good as"Boy" but it was awesomeness all the same. It had colourful and interesting characters, wonderful town scenary, and great suspense.The acting by them all was believable and absorbing. My favourite thing was Jemaine's simpering voice. I read somewhere that he was copying someone he knew and you could tell he was enjoying doing it.

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Disappointing

Kathleen Nobody (?)

Well the film certainly looked good so brownie points to designer and cinematographer. But it was sorely let down by the acting, in particular Heath Franklin, who was cringemaking in the extreme. What a shame! Why on earth did they get an Aussie in when there are any number of Kiwi actors who could have done a better job than this. I have to question the skill of the director here – the actors needed a lot more guidance, especially Jemaine Clement and Tim Finn. Something was also off with the pacing of the film, which meant it lacked dramatic tension and edge. I’m happy that many people enjoyed this film, but we should be aspiring to something better than this. There’s certainly no question that we can do it.

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Why not

BJ Nobody (?)

not the sort of film I would normally go see from the trailer, and after reading some less than positive reviews before the screening, admittedly I did make the effort to grab a strong long black on my way in encase my snoring disturbed other movie goers. - However i was pleasantly surprised and moderately entertained. The acting was 'kiwi' you know what i mean, the cinematography was better than expected, and the sets beautiful. so all and all a good little film, and why not go and support the kiwi film industry. side note: Capitol Cinemas - just exquisite.

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Great Characters

M-Odonnell Nobody (?)

Spook, Merv and Cedric..all fantastic. Jemaine Clements simpering voice as Spook was a standout. Great story, so dark and small town Kiwi. We laughed out loud and were entertained the whole way through. I liked the close up of the awful Mervyn eating..what a monster!

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Script writer(s) and actors let the film down

Kate Nobody (?)

I'm glad I scored a free ticket from Flicks to a preview screening otherwise I would have greatly resented paying the normal admission price to see this below-par NZ film! Predicament starts off as a beautifully shot film with a great set but is let down almost immediately by extremely clunky dialogue accompanied by terrible over-acting. The cheesiness of the script suits some of the later scenes but overall the script gives the actors nothing to work with. Jemaine Clement provides the only laughs by being suitably slinky as 'Spook', but even he is not completely on form. For a caper movie it is not fast-paced, there are no twists and the ending does not satisfy.

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excellent style with no substance.

JT Nobody (?)

This film is a perfect example of how a NZ film can be pushed on a budget and produce a stylish movie. The art direction and cinematography impressed me greatly. The film only lacked in flat acting (especially the Marvin character), no appreciation for the protagonist and the only shining light of enjoyment was Jermaine Clement. Not the best of film but makes me appreciate the NZ film industry and how much love I have for it in its pursuit.

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My review

Donna-Adamson1 Nobody (?)

Saw the advanced screening with Flicks last night in Wgth (thanks Flicks!) and really enjoyed it.

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farcical

bill van waas Nobody (?)

A boring farcical some what comical movie. With a boring story line and lousy script. To much use of a very close up takes and with some sex and the f word to make it an adult film, which it certainly is not.
If I remember rightly something in the line of the Five young teenagers stories.
Not my film and absolutely nothing to make this A KIWI film. It could have played in any English speaking country except a N.Z. accent was noted at times.
We need to produce better stuff than this if we are to be noted for quality films.
Bill.

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A bit weird....

Miss B Nobody (?)

Really unusual - I found the "dark comedy" quite entertaining, held my attention throughout the film but came away a bit confused. I wouldn't want to pay and see it, but was good to see something different.

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below average...

lightawake Nobody (?)

i was really looking forward to this kiwi flick. jemaine clement was awesome with his whining voice and dark demeanor, and thats what 1 1/2 of my stars are for. the remainder is for frost who manages to hold the screen for most of the film doing an admirable job as a timid character reminiscent of harry potter. unfortunate lack of ability to act by franklin; that was just a very bad casting choice... could have been an entertaining film, cinematography was a bit melodramatic but not intolerable. too many undeveloped minor themes and irrelevant characters (gypsy lady, pub manager, pennies, grieving dad, tower in yard, girl he fantasises over...wayyyy too many) detracted from any sense of a storyline, and as someone said above, oddly paced. better editing could have fixed this...i would say: get a new editor who isnt afraid to be ruthless, and a casting director who will not go choosing a supporting actor who cant act, and you should be fine next time...good effort, but could have easily done better..

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A Surprisingly Good Film

Ness Nobody (?)

Wow - I don't understand the bad reviews here. I went along with fairly low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a really original film and sooooo much funnier than I was expecting. I got really caught up in the story and laughed the whole way through. I enjoyed watching something that isn't the usual American dross but it wasn't art-house either, just funny, a bit dark and a really entertaining film.

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Glad I didn't pay

Tania Nobody (?)

went to the review with many of the above people didn't laugh 1 bit but I heard plenty of other people doing so

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Good old fashioned night at the Movies!!!

Miss Paisley Nobody (?)

How refreshing, to sit back and enjoy a bit of 'Good Ol Fashioned' dark comedy! If I had, had a rolled vanilla ice cream in my hand. I could have easily been sat in a cinema in the 1940's. I was almost expecting an *Intermission* hahahaha
Good on you Jason for putting another NZ novel on the big screen! For all them, who still enjoy the simple things in life.

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What a delightful surprise!

Pete Nobody (?)

I went in with a relativly low expectation to be honest, but I like to at least support kiwi films, but this was a gem! I throughly enjoyed every minute of this film. Dark at times and funny at times this rollercoaster ride hits all the marks and was a load of fun.

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Good kiwi black comedy

Richmond Nobody (?)

Not sure if it was suppose to be a classic kiwi black comedy but thats what I got from it great movie and would appeal to anyome who likes the classic kiwi black comedy. Not sure how the TVNZ Good morning movie reviewer could only rate it 3 stars hmm

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Great Black Comedy

Logan Nobody (?)

Awesome NZ film. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, and heard the cinema snigger a few times too. Didnt quite like the main characters portrayal, just something about him. But then it is the 1930s i guess.. 'Jemaine' was excellent of course. Worth watching. Lets all support the NZ film industry!! Thanks for the tickets!

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Has its merits

Andy Nobody (?)

Overall not bad. Shot well with nice art direction and costume. The biggest let down was casting, in particular Heath Franklin who while I'm sure is a capable actor didn't seem to fill the shoes of the lines he delivers in the film. I wanted someone bigger in personality and considering his character is on screen 80% of the film a wiser choice should have been made.
At the end of the day though a refreshing New Zealand film in terms of subject and taking opportunity of our literary past.

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Loved it!

Jess Nobody (?)

I went with my sister last night. It was awsome. We loved Jemaine, he's real funny. Not what you expect for a kiwi film. Awsome!

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major bomb

jacob Nobody (?)

Saw this last night, an it was awful. Clement has his moments, but overall I just found it weird. No doubt this will be a major flop, and more than likely end Stutter's career, which is a shame because i do think he's talented, or maybe I was just dazzled with the terrific camera work and art direction - which was truly world class. Shame about the script - that needed to better, to really engage and appeal to a bigger audience.

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Where's the flicks review?

Dave Nobody (?)

Another major disaster for the current film commission funding system... but what interests me here is, why aren't you guys fronting up with a review? Kiwi toes too sensitive for your heavy tread, you reckon? It's a pretty glaring omission, given some of the minor fare you're deemed review-worthy lately. Local films deserve the same scrutiny as everyone else's, surely!

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A Terrific Opening. Fabulous Art Direction. And Then it Quietly Falls Apart...falls

The Watcher. Nobody (?)

With such a fantastic opening you really want to like this film. It's probably one of the best openings of any NZ film. But then you slowly begin to realise that the key actors aren't up to it, their performances lack craft, and the dialogue isn't helping. Meanwhile the camera is forever soaring up, over, and around everything. And the close-ups use brutal wide-lenses very close, in almost every second scene. These techniques on their own are fine, and often very well executed. But their overuse diminishes their impact, and your left wishing it would stop, so that you can focus on the characters and the story. Which leads to the next wee issue...the story. It's just a bit boring. I laughed, but i didn't laugh enough. I was scared, but i wasn't scared enough. And critically, I didn't really engage with the leads, I couldn't, I was kept at arms length by the stylised execution and the undercooked performances. Which is a genuine pity, because it's a film you really want to be great. The period is wonderfully recreated. The costuming is superb. The look and feel of the film is very good. It just doesn't charge on, sweep you up, and really involve you. The director probably just needs some more time at the drama coal-face, working with actors to craft performance. And a little more script scrutiny, working hard at building characters we can root for or be appalled by. Everything else is sweet - it's these key areas of performance and storytelling that need work. And that work can be done. It's just, sadly, a little late for this film. It's a 2.5 out 5 - the extra half star is for the promise and potential this filmmaker exhibits.

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